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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2024 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Every year, Record Store Day (RSD) promises limited edition vinyl releases for all tastes in music. From the latest popular artists to the most obscure archival releases, RSD drops try to cover a lot of musical territory. Practically all genres of music are represented and, of course, jazz is no exception. Fortunately, the April 2024 drop ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz & Spoken Word Show

Read "Jazz & Spoken Word Show" reviewed by David Brown


This week, The Jazz & Spoken Word Show. Featuring Damon Locks, Fred Moten, Trapeta B. Mason; Tributes to NYC from Charles Mingus and George Russell; John Zorn's homage to Mike Hammer detective adventures with Spillane, plus works from William Parker, The Exploding Star Orchestra, Irreversible Entanglements and Gil Scott Heron. Word up! Playlist Thelonious ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone: Xaybu: The Unseen

Read "Xaybu: The Unseen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Alto saxophonist Steve Lehman debuted his Sélébéyone project in 2016 with a self-titled release on the Pi Recordings label. It was nothing short of revolutionary; an amalgamation of jazz improvisation and globalized hip-hop, it was an intrepid declaration. Originally a septet, Sélébéyone returns as a quintet on Xaybu: The Unseen. The five current members are from ...

Article: Profile

La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez

Read "La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Articolo originariamente pubblicato nel marzo 2003 e ora riproposto in occasione del mese dedicato al contributo femminile al jazz Per la sua spiccata componente di oralità, la Jazz Poetry è probabilmente l'espressione che meglio di altre connota—insieme al jazz stesso—l'esperienza artistica afroamericana del '900, in quanto trait d'union fra improvvisazione e composizione scritta.

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Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

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Article: Album Review

Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Artificial Happiness Button

Read "Artificial Happiness Button" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We can be pretty sure that in heaven the champion poet is heard saying, “I'm Gil Scott Heron and I approve of this message." The same can be said of the late Amiri Baraka whom the art, poetry and music troupe Heroes Are Gang Leaders was created to honor with their first release in 2014. What ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Black History Month Special Hour of Poetry & Jazz

Read "Black History Month Special Hour of Poetry & Jazz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


The salute to Black History Month continues in this episode with an entire hour devoted to poetry and music, as well as more from Christian McBride's The Movement Revisited. New albums sampled are from New Orleans' trio Nutria, microtonal keyboardist Giorgi Mikadze from Georgia (the country of Georgia), trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and her band Impermanence, ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part I

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest: New Projects and Out-of-Towners - Part I" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The 2020 edition of the Winter JazzFest has just begun. This week we feature music by some of the most interesting bands from out of town who will be at the JazzFest, and new or unreleased material that will be on display on the stages of the JazzFest. Of special interest yet-unreleased material by Ted Poor, ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Eric Dolphy and More

Read "Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, Eric Dolphy and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Some very important saxophonists are featured in this episode: Frenchman Emile Parisien is back with almost all of his original quartet, Gebhard Ullman shows why he's considered one of the best contemporary multi-reedists with his Basement Research band, Dave Rempis's new trio debuts The Early Bird Gets, and the great Eric Dolphy with previously-unissued music in ...


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